March 30, 2015
By Anita Stewart for Challenging the Rhetoric and Wise Women Media
When one does an internet search and goes back far enough, there are plenty of articles accusing Monsanto and it’s products — such as Round-up and Agent Orange, of causing all kinds of diseases, genetic mutations and deformities; to include Cancer and Diabetes, the latter on the Veterans Administration’s own website. Did you know Veterans, who were stationed in Vietnam do not even have to prove their illnesses have any connection to Agent Orange to get disability? It’s true, it is automatically presumed to be the cause.
More About The Conditions
The tolls taken by the Vietnamese people during the US Military’s widespread use of Agent Orange as a defoliant, were and still are heavy. These same weighty tolls are also paid by our own veterans and their families, generation after generation. For instance, the current the rate of Diabetes is at 24% for veterans while only 8% for the general population. No doctor has been able to explain the large disparity.
Agent Orange — RoundUp — Monsanto. Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, has been linked to Autism. Autism itself is on the rise, as are a host of other diseases. At the going rate, projections show half the children born by 2050 will have Autism.
What is even more frightening are the amounts of the product being used. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has estimated the United States’ agricultural use of Roundup in 2012 was more than 283 million pounds. This number is way up from 110 million pounds logged just 10 years before.
Discrediting And Science For Sale
Unless one has been living under a rock, this is all old news and the “GMO-deniers” continually say that some of these claims and reports are based on “junk” or “pseudo” science and there seems to be a concerted effort in media [both corporate and alternative] to discredit doctors that speak out against Monsanto; particularly female doctors. Is it the “good ‘ole boy” network at work?
Our medical system and our health itself has been hijacked. Corporations and money rule. Like everything else in the land of oligarchy and corporate rule, science with all of it’s facts, data, reports, peer reviewed papers and studies can be bought for a price.
Getting The Facts Right And Outright Lies
Very quietly, two weeks ago a World Health Organization’s (WHO) working group, called the The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), published a report stating that Monsanto’s RoundUp and other company’s products containing, Glyphosate “probably” can cause Cancer. Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the world.
Other notable scientists have expressed their same concerns such as Dr. Stephanie Seneff, a research scientist for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Dr. Vandana Shiva, world renowned author, public speaker, advocate and scientist.
One of the most untrue statements was that glyphosate was so safe for humans, it could be consumed just like lemonade.
A lobbyist for Monsanto, Dr. Patrick Moore (who Monsanto claims is not an official lobbyist or spokesperson for their company) found himself in a tight spot when stating during an interview for a French documentary that glyphosate was completely safe for humans and drinkable but refused to drink a glass of it when offered.
The Latest Developments
Monsanto has asked for WHO/IARC to retract their study this week saying such studies are not valid. Critics however, say the studies merit attention.
Philip Miller who is Monsanto’s vice-president of global regulatory affairs, told Reuters:
“We question the quality of the assessment,” and “The WHO has something to explain.”
Miller claimed that the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) was given detailed information by Monsanto with specifics on glyphosate’s safety and that it ignored the data.
Dave Schubert, the head of the cellular neurobiology laboratory at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, said:
“There are a number of independent, published manuscripts that clearly indicate that glyphosate … can promote cancer and tumor growth, it should be banned.“
Russia has banned genetically modified foods and Monsanto products and the company is regrouping after they sued and lost a lawsuit in a county in Hawaii that established a similar ban. Other countries have carried out restrictions and bans and many more are expected to follow suit.
On May 23rd, 2015, another global March Against Monsanto event is scheduled. Monsanto is killing us slowly. This is a real war. We cannot allow Monsanto to win as a global superpower.
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